Aortic valve disease is a condition where the valve between the main pumping chamber of your heart and the main artery to your body, the aorta, doesn’t work properly. Aortic valve disease may be a congenital condition or it can result from other causes.
Types of aortic valve disease include:
- Aortic valve stenosis
- Aortic valve regurgitation
Some people with aortic valve disease may not experience symptoms for many years. Signs and symptoms of aortic valve disease can include:
- Abnormal heart sound (heart murmur) heard through a stethoscope.
- Shortness of breath, particularly when you have been active or when you lie down.
- Chest pain or tightness.
- Irregular heartbeat.
- Fatigue after being active or having less ability to be active.
- Not eating enough. This occurs mainly in children with aortic valve stenosis.
- Not gaining enough weight. This occurs mainly in children with aortic valve stenosis.
Aortic valve disease can be caused by a congenital heart defect. It also can be caused by other conditions such as:
- Age-related changes to the heart
- High blood pressure
- Injury to the heart.
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